Maybe one of the most beautiful mansions in theFlorida is Celine Dion’s (and her husband’s Rene Angelil) Beachfront Mansion . The property is almost ready (and in the process of setting some liens that arise from some contractors and taxes issues). The home, featuring tropical-themed architecture with wide verandas and balconies, cupolas atop copper roofs, French doors and white Bahama shutters, includes a water park, small rivers, many pools, tennis courts, etc The 9,825-square-foot home has six bedrooms and eight full bathrooms, has been deemed sustainably completed, along with a 2,800-square-foot cabana and 6,740-square-foot guesthouse.
Whether you have a condo, loft, apartment or mansion as your living space, a home can be the most prominent reflection of who you are. The architecture alone isn’t what makes a home inviting or beautiful. The building may have an appealing structure but it must be filled with elements and items of décor that express your personality, frame of mind, style and tastes in order to truly create a visual representation of your legacy. The way in which you decide to beautify your home could be inspired by a number of factors in and around your life, including your culture, favourite colours, an admired time period, a much-loved artist or even a friend or family member’s style.
Finding the right pieces, looks and materials to transform your imaginative ideas may seem difficult at first but all it takes is a little inspiration to turn your decorating dreams into a reality that makes you happy and may even inspire others.
As the place where you often entertain your guests, kitchens are important parts of the home. Peer through the many inspiring and inventive designs in Kitchen Centric by Mick De Giulio with Karen Klages Grace for ideas that will blow you away. www.balconypress.com
Ocean Reef Islands Hill project (inaugurated by Panama’s President Mr. Martinelli on Oct. 15th) comprises of two individual islands (East and West) of 103,251 m2 and 87,552.95 m2, respectively interconnected bridges. A private residential community of unrivaled luxury and splendor. Ocean Reef residents, Club members and guests will enjoy a host of sumptuous amenities in a development that includes:
An island that will be enjoyed by a selected and limited number of privileged owners and guests.
A variety of home sites that redefine waterfront property ownership surrounded by an array of exclusive living options for connoisseurs of luxury with access to a full range of world class facilities.
Luxurious 2-3 level Garden Apartments with splendid views to the Gulf and Panama City equipped with exceptional facilities where the resident’s convenience and leisure are the highest priority.
Exquisite Design Guidelines enforceable throughout the islands that guaranty the language and eminence of the properties.
Lush landscaping, parks and recreational areas including Tennis will be featured prominently throughout the project.
Fiber optics across the islands vital to keep you connected to your business and/or personal interests.
The islands will be connected to the mainland by two bridges of approximately 160 meters each, making the commute to and from the mainland in only 5 minutes.
24-hour restricted access monitored by a highly-trained security team will insure safety and privacy.
British auction house Sotheby’s launched commerce-enabled applications for iPhone and iPad to let consumers bid on luxury items right from their mobile devices. Auction enthusiasts can use the application to browse current and upcoming auctions, view items and log-in to their Sotheby’s.com accounts to place absentee bids. The application is available for free in Apple’s App Store.
“This mobile application will help Sotheby’s extend its reach and connect with their customers at a regular frequency,” said Patrick Bouaziz, chief visionary officer at ILoveVelvet, New York. “As Sotheby’s is known for its auctions and selling one-of-a-kind pieces, this should help the high-end organization promote and preview these items as well as enhance its overall brand. “This specific application also allows the opportunity for mobile users to bid on current auctions – giving them a direct link to the auction house from anywhere at any time,” he said. “In addition, with most mobile applications of this nature, Sotheby’s has a chance to tap into its customer base to receive real-time feedback on changing wants and needs, allowing the company to meet market expectations.” ILoveVelvet did not develop the application for Sotheby’s, but agreed to speak as a third-party source. London-based Sotheby’s was not available for comment by press time. Sotheby’s is a 266-year-old auction house that specializes in auctioning off artwork, jewelry, antiques and other luxury goods.
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The Sotheby’s iPhone and the iPad applications include nearly identical functionality. The homepage lets users choose between sections devoted to upcoming auctions, auction results and Sotheby’s departments focused on different types of auction items, as well as a directory of other services offered by the auction house.
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Barely a month after we reported that a London penthouse had sold for $220 million, making it the world’s most expensive private residence, the record has been shattered with the $308 million sale of a palatial penthouse in Monaco (above). The Monaco property, called La Belle Epoque, has quite a history; formerly the home of billionaire banker Edmund Safra, it’s where he was found dead following a mysterious fire that gutted the apartment in 1999.
The three-bedroom, 17,500-sq-.ft. duplex penthouse, which includes a double-height library and vast roof terraces complete with mature 15-foot trees and an infinity pool.
The apartment’s luxe features include a panic room with reinforced glass and surveillance cameras, cinema screens which emerge from walls at the touch of a button, numerous walk-in wardrobes and dressing rooms, a leisure room with billiard tables and arcade video games, a Jacuzzi and spa, and a media room with special executive chairs which convert into beds. The penthouse was sold by British property developers Christian and Nick Candy, who acquired the space relatively cheaply following the fire from Lily Safra and hired designer Martin Kemp to oversee $40 million in renovations, including a dining room (above) with a platinum leaf ceiling.
A well-connected Luxist follower has written in to inform us of the identity of the buyer of the record-shattering $308 million Monaco penthouse (above) we just reported on. The new owner of the world’s most expensive apartment we’re told is Greek billionaire Constantine Alexander-Goulandris, a close friend and business associate of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. According to Wikipedia, the American-born Alexander-Goulandris, 47, who’s based in Monaco, is an influential advisor to the Saudi royal family and the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait, as well as the leaders of the UAE and many of the world’s largest oil companies.
In addition to Abramovich he’s also close to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin. Though not on Forbes‘ list of the world’s richest people, he’s said to be worth an estimated $15 billion thanks to investments in petroleum and energy shipping and real estate, including the Olympic Tower building in NYC. In addition to Monaco Alexander-Goulandris reportedly maintains residences in Paris, London, Antibes, New York and Hawaii. He also owns one of the largest yachts in the world, the Dubai-registered, 279-ft. Delma, and jets around on a Boeing 767 and two Gulfstream G550s.
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The Biennale des Antiquaires, the huge international fair devoted to antiques, fine arts, and jewelry established by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires or National Antiquarians Guild (SNA) in 1962, takes place every other year in the impressive setting of Paris’s Grand Palais. Known for the quality and distinction of its offerings, it has become an unmissable art market event.
This year, in its 25th iteration, the biennial will welcome almost 90 participants into a space of over 43,000 square feet from September 15-22. ARTINFO France takes a look at what’s new this time around and at the galleries that will be participating for the first time.
A Fluid Layout .Patrick Bazanan of Decoral is the exhibition designer again this year. He has created an understated and refined décor with a more open layout. The imposing entrance opens onto a large central pool that reflects the vaulted ceiling of the Grand Palais. On either side of the pool long aisles with eight central plazas along their path lead to the various booths. Bazanan also incorporated quiet and inviting meeting or resting spots. In a video interview on the fair’s Web site, president of the SNA Hervé Aaron praises Bazanan’s design for its clarity and openness, adding that participants have the option of embellishing their booths and “doing whatever they want with world-famous designers in order to create a fantastic setting for their items.”
Leading Galleries . Fans of archaeology and art from non-Western traditional societies will want to visit the booths of Kervorkian, Phoenix Ancient Art, and Bernard Dulon. Asian art will be shown by Jacques Barrère and Christian Deydier. For objects of silver and gold, as well as jewelry, the galleries that can’t be missed are Au Vieux Paris, Martin du Daffoy, Balian, Castiglione, and Faerber. The prestigious jewelers Chanel, Cartier, Harry Winston, and Van Cleef and Arpels will be joined by Piaget and Louis Vuitton.
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Legendary Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has reportedly become the proud owner of one of the world’s most beautiful and expensive private islands – Skorpios (above). In closing the deal, said to be worth about $190 million according to reports in the European press, the designer faced stiff competition from rival bidders including Bill Gates, Roman Abramovich and Madonna. Located in the Ionian Sea off the western coast of Greece, the island formerly belonged to famed Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis and was the site of his wedding to Jackie Kennedy in 1968. It was sold to Armani by his granddaughter and heiress, Athina Onassis Roussel. There is a lavish villa on the island known as the Pink House which Onassis built for Jackie, along with tennis courts and plush gardens, though most of the island remains undeveloped and pristinely beautiful.
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Located on 27,000 square feet on the windward eastern shore of Oahu, just 20 minutes from Honolulu, Paradise Point is a gated, island retreat comprised of three structures—including the Plantation oceanfront Estate and a guest suite—marked by exquisite luxuries and unmatched scenery. President Barack Obama and his family have been content to call this corner of the world their home during the past two winter holiday seasons, prompting many to dub this private estate on Kailua Beach the “Obama Winter White House.”
The home, which was featured on the cover of the March/April 2010 issue of Ocean Home magazine, was sold recently to readers Glenn and Debra Weinberg of Owings Mills, Maryland. “The oceanfront properties featured in Ocean Home magazine are always stunning. This was especially true of the Obama Winter White House feature, which first introduced me to our new home,” commented Mr. Weinberg, who is a vice president of The Cordish Co., a real estate development firm based in Baltimore. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A1KKKqy_4I
The Villa Leopolda, located on the French Riviera, was estimated for a sale on August 2008 for $750 million, of Lily Safra by the Russian Billionaire Prokhorov who revealed as the mystery buyer of the Villa at that time. However, the Russian mogul lost his deposit on the property when he reneged on completing the sale an amount of $55 million.
Built for King Leopold II of Belgium in 1902, the Belle Époque mansion was used as a summer retreat for the king. The property has since changed hands a couple of times, and its previous owners include the late Giovanni Agnelli, of the Italian marque Fiat, and Lebanese-born Swiss banker Edmond Safra. The villa has been rumoured to be the home of Bill Gates and many more global figures, including Roman Abramovich.